2020 NRL – Manly Sea Eagles vs Brisbane Broncos Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Manly Sea Eagles vs Brisbane Broncos taking place? Thursday 11th June, 2020 – 10:50 (UK)

Where is Manly Sea Eagles vs Brisbane Broncos taking place? Central Coast Stadium, Central Coast

What is the expected weather for Manly Sea Eagles vs Brisbane Broncos? 18c, partly cloudy

What channel is Manly Sea Eagles vs Brisbane Broncos on? Sky Sports Arena will be televising selected NRL games in the UK and you can find their schedule here. For Australian broadcasters, you can find a list here

Where can I stream Manly Sea Eagles vs Brisbane Broncos? If televised on Sky Sports, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go. Alternatively, the match will be available to subscribers of Watch NRL

Where can I get tickets for Manly Sea Eagles vs Brisbane Broncos? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

MANLY SEA EAGLES

Starting 13: T. Trbojevic, Garrick, Parker, Suli, Elliot, Walker, Cherry-Evans, Fonua-Blake, Levi, Taupau, Thompson, Waddell, J. Trbojevic – Interchanges: Croker, Keppie, Paseka, Gosiewski – Reserves: Boyle, Funa

Unavailable: Manase Fainu (Disciplinary), Albert Hopoate (Injured), Curtis Sironen (Injured), Jorge Taufua (Injured)

  • Manly Sea Eagles were left to rue a controversial decision as their try on what would have been the final play of the game against Parramatta Eels was ruled out for a forward pass which condemned them to defeat.
  • The Sea Eagles were second best for much of the 19-16 loss but fought back well late on to almost snatch the victory and they will take a lot from that contest having made over 40 tackle breaks for the third consecutive game, although they will need to do more on the back of those this week.
  • Head coach Des Hasler initially opted to stick with the same side as last week’s narrow reverse but he was forced to change his side 24 hours from kick-off with Curtis Sironen and Jorge Taufua dropping out because of injuries with their places in the 17 taken by Jack Gosiewski and Brendan Elliot and he will hope his team can overturn a poor recent record against the Broncos having won just one of their last five matches.

BRISBANE BRONCOS

Starting 13: Isaako, Coates, Staggs, Boyd, Farnworth, Milford, Croft, Lodge, Paix, Haas, Oates, Ofahengaue, Carrigan – Interchanges: Niu, Te’o, Kennedy, Flegler – Reserves: Hopoate, Dearden

Unavailable: Jack Bird (Injured), Jordan Kahu (Injured), Sean O’Sullivan (Injured), Keenan Palasia (Injured), Tevita Pangai Jnr. (Suspended), David Fifita (Injured), Alex Glenn (Injured), Jake Turpin (Injured)

  • Brisbane Broncos’ weaknesses had been exploited by Parramatta Eels in their previous outing but things got worse for them last week as they were dismantled in a humiliating 0-59 defeat against Sydney Roosters, the biggest loss in their 32-year history.
  • In the incredibly one-sided affair, the Broncos failed to stop wave after wave of Roosters’ attacks with Brisbane managing just 29 sets compared to 49 for the opposition which culminated in them running for 1,000m less than their opponents for the second week running.
  • With 82 missed tackles in two games, head coach Anthony Seibold has opted to make changes to his side with Jamil Hopoate, Ethan Bullemor and Jesse Arthars all dropped and they are replaced by Kotoni Staggs who is back from a ban along with Xavier Coates and Ben Te’o, who will make his second debut for the club.

THE PREDICTION

All eyes will be on Brisbane Broncos this week as they look to respond to their record-breaking defeat last week. The young side were annihilated by reigning premiers Sydney Roosters to make it 93 points conceded and just six scored in two matches. They now face another tough task as they face a Manly Sea Eagles side that will still believe they will be in and around the top four come the end of the season despite losing narrowly to Parramatta Eels last week. The Sea Eagles have plenty of improvement in them and against a porous defence, they should be able to cover the -12 handicap.

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